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Smokvica, Home to the Largest Vine and Olive Plantations and the Birthplace of Pošip

Smokvica sits in the middle of Korčula Island, with a population of around 1.200. It is most famous as the birthplace of one of the best-known Croatian vines - Pošip. About 250 hectares are devoted to vineyards with about two million grape vines. Another 144 hectares are olive orchards with 176.000 olive trees.

The large Neo-Romanesque church of the Purification of Our Lady was designed by Oton Iveković and built in 1920 on the site of an older church which was built in 1666. Beside it is a "loggia", a baroque building surrounded by columns on all sides. In the village there are several old patrician summer houses, and nearby there are several small early-medieval churches.